Anyhow, the medical examiner indicates that the cause of death is “excited delirium”.
The term isn't one recognized by the American Medical Association and has become controversial because excited delirium is most often listed as a cause of death in cases where someone died after being electrocuted with a taser gun.
The co-chairman of the legislature's Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, says he can't recall another case in Connecticut where excited delirium has been listed as the cause of death.
"Whether that's a diagnosis or a cause of death, I don't know," says Lawlor. "I'm not a doctor, but I have not heard of this as a cause of death before [in Connecticut]."Some activists claim the term is being used to cover up cases where police have used excessive force, particularly when an incident involved the use of a Taser.
The Middletown Police Chief is hiding behind the finding by the medical examiner.
“Tasers are very safe if used properly. They are designed to minimize any injury to individuals and injury to police officers. It eliminates the need to use a nightstick or police dogs that can bite and harm someone. Absolutely nothing at the time indicates any wrong-doing done by the officers,” acting Middletown Police Chief Patrick McMahon said. “I think the medical examiner’s findings speak for themselves.”
“They just tasered him and tasered him and let the dog chew him up,” the Middletown woman said.She said after the officers were finished tasering her brother, they kicked him down the stairs as they were taking him out of the apartment.
My understanding is that the family will file a 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the city and the police officers. The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad is currently still under investigation.
Villagers ... what are your thoughts about this taser-related killing?